Pierce Ornstein Dominates on New Year's Day
College of Charleston sailor Pierce Ornstein schooled the local frostbiting fleet by carding six first place finishes and a second (throwing out a third) to record 8 points over the eight races to win the club’s New Year’s Day frostbiting regatta. And to add insult to injury, another guest and Ornstein progeny. Lily Ornstein. finished second with 19 points. This left proud papa Ornstein and stalwarts, Commodore Peter Cummiskey and Fleet Captain Michael Millard to battle for the spoils. In the end, it was a clean Ornstein sweep with David finishing third (23 points) with Peter and Michael just two places back with 25.
It was a perfect day for frostbiting. Temperatures in the low 40s with a puffy and shifty 8 to 14 knots of wind that oscillated between WNW and NNW. Managing the changeable conditions was the challenge of the day with several competitors coming close to submarining.
The day’s racing was run off the club’s docks and PRO Jonathan Nye with assistance from Alan Chidsey kept things going with little downtime between races. In all, eight races were sailed mostly twice around windward/leewards.
The New Year’s Day Regatta for the van Waveren trophy is part of the three race Holiday Bowl Series. Lili Ornstein currently leads the series but much remains in play given that the Presidents Day Regatta for the Walter Pierson Trophy is still to be contested.
Regular Sunday racing resumes January 5 with Dave Perry in attendance to offer coaching. And since the club is closed, the post-race is at Bruce Park Bar & Grill.
Congratulations to the Ornstein clan and all for staying upright throughout the day.